John Jay’s Court Suit

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on John Jay’s Court Suit. Check back for a new video each week!

Object of the Day – June 5

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  Forks c.1779-1782 Silver JJ.1966.284   These forks were donated to the Homestead by a Jay family descendant, Ellen Jay Garrison, John Jay’s Great-Great Granddaughter. Family tradition states that these were made for John Jay while he was serving as a Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain in the later years of the Revolution, trying to solicit…

Mystery Object for June 5

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? How do you think this object was used? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery Object…

Object of the Day – June 4

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Ivory Seal C. 1830-1850 Ivory Maker Unknown JJ.1958.93 This ivory seal belonged to William Jay, son of John Jay. The ivory is turned and carved, with the initials “WJ” below the cross and pyramid on the seal. Leaf carving decorates the turned shaft. Originally designed to indicate a signature or to authenticate a document, wax…

Mystery Object for June 4

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? Why do you think this object has so many holes? How do you think this object was used? Do we…

Object of the Day – June 3

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Franz Schubert Music Book 1857 Paper, cardstock JJ.1958.389 Despite only living a short 31 years, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) composed more than 1,500 songs for solo voice and piano, and orchestra. This copy of his song Les Plaintes de la Jeune Fille was owned by Eleanor “Ella” Jay, the daughter of John Jay II and Eleanor…

Mystery Object for June 3

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Object of the Day – June 2

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Portrait: Mary Rutherfurd Jay Artist unknown 1875 Oil on Canvas JJ.1982.6 a&b   Mary Rutherfurd Jay (1872-1953) was the great-great granddaughter of John Jay (1745-1829). She was the granddaughter of John Clarkson Jay (1808-1891) and Laura Prime (1812-1887), descending through Jay’s oldest son, Peter Augustus. This painting was done in 1875, when Mary was three…

Mystery Object for June 2

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Do you see any designs or images on this object? What do they look like? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?  …

Object of the Day – June 1

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Dutch Kast 1730 Maple, mahogany JJ.1966.308 This large cupboard, also known as a Dutch Kast, is from c. 1730 and made out of maple and mahogany wood. It has inlaid designs, including diamonds and light pronged stars on the outer front panels, as well as a maple star inlay on the paneled doors. The description…

Mystery Object for June 1

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at these objects, can you guess what materials they are made of? These two objects would be used at the same time. What do you think they were used to do?  …

Object of the Day – May 31

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Sales Brochure for Bedford House 1956 Ink on Paper   In 1956, Eleanor Jay Iselin’s heirs offered Bedford House for sale. Thankfully, in 1958/9, a deal was brokered to allow Westchester County to purchase the estate and confer it to the State of New York to be turned into a museum and historic site. You…

Mystery Object for May 31

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Object of the Day – May 30

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The Creation of the Animals 1760-1790 Ink on paper Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715-1790) after Raphael (1483-1520) JJ.2006.30   This engraving of Raphael’s The Creation of the Animals was done by French engraver, Charles Nicolas Cochin. Born in Paris, Cochin studied engraving under his father, of the same name, and was a Parisian engraver for over 50…

Mystery Object for May 30

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Barrel Organ

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on our Barrel Organ. Check back for a new video each week!

Object of the Day – May 29

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  Chest of Drawers 1800-1805 Maker: Michael Allison (1773–1855) Mahogany, tulip poplar, pine, satinwood, brass JJ.1966.16 New York This early 19th century chest of drawers was made by New York cabinetmaker, Michael Allison. The sides are solid mahogany, and the drawers are a mahogany veneer. The decorative inlay on the top drawer, as well as…

Mystery Object for May 29

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at these objects, can you guess what material they are made of? What shapes do you see when you look at these objects? The three objects in the picture work together. How…